December 30, 2001
* Jarrod E. Banner, 23, of Newland, N.C., was
arrested Wednesday night by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Sgt. Tim Lowe after the officer responded to 1025 Buck Mountain
Road regarding an armed subject. Sgt. Lowe spoke with Rudy
and Tommy Oaks who told them that Banner was in the area with
a gun causing problems. After a short search, Banner came
out of a wooded area below the Oaks' residence and an argument
ensued between the Oakses and Banner with several threats
being made, according to the report. As Sgt. Lowe attempted
to escort Banner to his patrol unit, Rudy Oaks struck Banner
in the head with a flashlight, the report states. Banner refused
to enter the officer's car for his own safety, and was placed
under arrest for public intoxication to defuse the situation.
Banner had an odor of alcohol on his breath and person and
in the officer's opinion, was unable to make reasonable decisions
for his safety. While transporting Banner to the sheriff's
department, he told Sgt. Lowe that the officer would never
find his gun and liquor in the woods. Sgt. Lowe advised Banner
that warrants could be taken against Rudy Oaks for hitting
him with the flashlight. "What flashlight? A tree branch hit
me," Banner said.
* Kenneth Dwayne Ritchie, 26, 111 J.C. Vines
Rd., Hampton, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Lt. Bob Hooks on
warrants charging him with failure to appear for a court hearing
to answer charges of assault and theft.
* Darryl Christopher Wallcott, 36, 347 Burbank
Rd., Roan Mountain, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Bradley
Johnson after the officer was dispatched to the address regarding
an unwanted guest. Greg Williams told the officer he wanted
Wallcott removed because he had been drinking. The officer
advised Williams that because Wallcott lived there, the officer
had no right to remove him and no law had been violated. Wallcott
was advised that because Williams wanted him out, he should
make provisions to leave. Wallcott opted to stay. The officer
cleared the scene and about 10 minutes later was dispatched
back to the residence where he found Wallcott standing beside
the roadway in an apparent state of intoxication. He was taken
into custody and charged with public intoxication.
* Charlie Hughes, 50, 113 Hart Rd., was arrested
Sunday by Constable Bobby Canter on a charge of harassment.
* Dewey Gady Renfro, 49, 133 Lacy Hollow Rd.,
was arrested Sunday by Constable Bobby Canter on a charge
of aggravated assault.
* Roger Scott Renfro, 30, 133 Lacy Hollow Rd.,
was arrested Sunday by Constable Bobby Canter and charged
with assault under domestic violence and aggravated assault.
* Michelle Lee Bowers, 25, 325 Main St., Bluff
City, was arrested Sunday by Constable David Jones on a warrant
charging her with assault under domestic violence.
* Anthony Charles Godsey, 36, 157 Wade Bulla
Rd., Watauga, was arrested Saturday by Carter County Sheriff's
Department Deputy Jeffrey Markland after he responded to a
motor vehicle accident on Old Watauga Road. Godsey was found
sitting inside a vehicle which had run off the roadway. He
was asked to submit to a series of field sobriety tasks, which
he refused. He was charged with DUI.
* Roger Bolin, 43, 253 Reynolds Rd., was arrested
Sunday by CCSD Deputy Jeffrey Markland after the officer was
dispatched to the residence regarding a possible domestic
dispute. Patricia Patterson told the officer that she and
her boyfriend had been in an argument and that he had broken
the door to their bedroom to gain entry to where she was.
Patterson had a laceration on her finger. Bolin was charged
with assault under domestic violence.
* Larry R. Keeling Jr., 35, 117 Taylor Dr., Piney
Flats, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy on a
warrant charging him with assault under domestic violence
and vandalism under domestic violence.
* Timothy Egly, 23, 4923 Rockville Rd., #140,
Indianapolis, Ind., was arrested Wednesday by officers of
Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation of a shoplifting
incident. Egly was charged with being a fugitive from justice
* George E. Pealer, 713 E. Millard St., Johnson
City, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police
Bureau after officers attempted a traffic stop. Pealer refused
to stop and continued on to Baxter Street where he spun his
vehicle and struck a utility pole. Pealer then attempted to
flee on foot but was captured. He was charged with third-offense
DUI, third-offense driving on revoked license, violation of
implied consent and felony evading arrest.
* CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy responded Wednesday to
Endsor Nidiffer Road regarding an auto fire. Roy Nidiffer,
105 Charlem Rd., Jonesborough, told the officer that he last
saw his 1984 Toyota truck Dec. 15 when he left to go to his
mother's for the Christmas holiday. Wednesday, he said, he
received a call from his father telling him that his truck
had been burned. Nidiffer said the truck was being used on
property where he was building a house and some of the wood
had been used in the fire. Nidiffer had been staying near
the house in a tent while construction was ongoing. Frost
had formed on the vehicle and ground, indicating the fire
was several days old. Arson is suspected.
* CCSD Deputy Gregg Nave responded Saturday to
1266 and 1270 Blue Springs Road regarding a structure fire.
When the officer arrived, flames were shooting out the front
of the house. The owner, Ivan Morley, who lives behind the
residence, told the officer that the structure was rented
to Debbie Mottern. Mottern, 38, advised the officer that she
laid down on the bed and fell asleep. When she first smelled
smoke, she thought she was having a bad dream. After being
fully awakened by the smoke, she was barely able to make it
to the front door, she told the officer. Mottern was treated
at the scene by members of Carter County Rescue Squad. Cause
of the fire was unknown at the time of the report. Mottern
advised she was heating with a wood stove.
* CCSD Sgt. Keith Range was dispatched Sunday
to Bradley Auto Sales, 3969 Hwy. 19E, regarding several suspicious
males looking into vehicles at the car lot. The caller advised
there was a small white car parked just up the road from the
business. When the officer arrived minutes later, he found
the front door to the business partially open and the latch
pried. The officer entered the business and found that it
had been rifled through. Several sets of keys were found lying
on the floor. The officer searched the grounds and found the
doors to several vehicles open. Several sets of keys were
found lying on the ground. The officer called in a BOLO (be
on the lookout) for the suspect vehicle, which was stopped
a short time later by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm on Second Avenue
in Hampton. When Deputy Hamm approached the vehicle, he found
several sets of keys in plain view, lying in the floor behind
the driver's seat. They were identified as belonging to Bradley
Auto Sales. Two juvenile suspects were taken into custody
and Investigator George Skeans was called in to assist. Two
other suspects were still at large at the time of the report.
* On Dec. 28, CCSD Bradly Johnson responded to
a vehicle burglary at the Moose Lodge, Lovers Lane. Johnson
spoke to Shannon Hilton,the owner of the vehicle, outside
of the Moose Lodge around 11 p.m. Hilton had parked the car
at 2 p.m. and returned after work to find the drivers side
window of her 1988 Toyota pick up truck broken. A detachable
face Sanyo CD player and a Adadas winter coat were stolen.
The investigation is still pending.
* CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm responded to a report
of a single vehicle property damage on Dec. 28. Judy Presnell,
108 Maple Lane, Watauga, was traveling south on Hwy. 143 when
a deer ran into the passenger side door of her 1998 Dodge
Neon. Presnell continued driving her vehicle home before she
called to report the incident. A dent in the passenger side
door was the only property damage reported. The deer was not
* William Dayton Townsend, 47, 618 Willow Spring
Rd., Elizabethton, contacted the CCSD to report a threat on
his life. Townsend told officers that his wife, Glenida V.
Townsend had been in a physical altercation with her daughter's
boyfriend on a previous date.
William Townsend reported his mother-in-law,
Irene Colazo, Sink Valley Rd., Butler, confronted him at his
residence on Dec. 28 and forced him to vacate the premises.
Townsend stated that Colazo threatened to shoot him in the
head before he left his residence. When he returned to his
residence all of the firearms were missing except for one
hand gun that had been unloaded. Townsend feared that his
wife and mother-on-law would return to his residence and harm
him. The CCSD advised Townsend of the proper action to take
and of the necessary paper work that must be filed.